Blu-ray Review: American Pastoral (2016)

Based on Phillip Roth’s celebrated novel, American Pastoral marks the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor, who takes on the ambitious take of adapting what has been described as a manifestation of the “indigenous American berserk”. Now available on Blu-ray from Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, our story centres on a former…

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Blu-ray Review: Escape from Absolom (1994)

I remember 1994 being a pretty jam-packed year regarding my questionable viewing habits. Between the family oriented hits of The Lion King and the comedic classic Dumb and Dumber, action was king with box office hit Speed being subject to constant rewind. Escape from Absolom was a stab-in-the-dark VHS rental…

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Blu-ray Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

I consciously skipped Pacific Rim: Uprising during its run in cinemas earlier this year, simply due to a lack of interest despite my enjoyment of Guillermo del Toro’s original from 2013. However, thanks to the ever quickening turn-around time of home media, I caught up with the long awaited sequel…

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Blu-ray Review: Dagon (2001)

Umbrella Entertainment’s curiously anticipated third volume of dedicated sub-label Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film, gives Stuart Gordon’s film adaptation of Dagon the Blu-ray release fans longed for. Based loosely on two stories from H.P. Lovecraft, his 1931 novella The Shadow over Innsmouth and his 1919 short story, the film’s namesake,…

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Blu-ray Review: Darkman (1990)

Over a decade before director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) tried his hand at bringing Marvel’s Spider-man to the big screen, he introduced audiences to his own superhero in the form of Darkman. Based on film maker’s own short story, and paying homage to the Universal horror films of the…

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Blu-ray Review: Ruby (1977)

Vengeful spirits have come in many forms on the big screen, but a prohibition era gangster would definitely be among the rare. Curtis Harrington (Night Tide) gives audiences one such scenario in Ruby, where a criminal spectre comes calling on his old girlfriend Ruby Clair and his former associates who…

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Blu-ray Review: The Great Outdoors (1988)

Angsty teenage drama aside, John Hughes had the market cornered during the 1980s and early 90s when it came to vacation perils. Following what’s arguable his best work, the timeless classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Hughes returned to wholesome quality of a family getaway with The Great Outdoors, which is…

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Blu-ray Review: Sweet Country (2017)

Injustice towards the indigenous populous of Australia has been well documented in cinema, with stunning titles such as The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Rabbit Proof Fence and The Tracker just to name a few. Released earlier this year to widespread praise from critics and audiences, Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country is…

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